GSTC2019 Asia-Pacific: Quality Through Creativity – Speakers

The 2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Conference will address:

  • Smart Destination Management
  • Quality Tourism: Delivering Sustainable Quality Experiences
  • Tourism Protecting Wildlife


SPEAKERS (more speakers to come)

Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat
Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kingdom of Thailand


Luigi Cabrini
Chairman, GSTC


Dr. Chuwit Mitrchob
Deputy Director-General, DASTA (Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration)

Janice Lao
Director – Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

Natalie Kidd
Managing Director, PEAK DMC, Intrepid Group

Lee Poston
Communications Director, WWF Greater Mekong

Martin Heng
Accessible Travel Manager & Editorial Adviser, Lonely Planet

Hazel Xue Fang Quek
Senior Corporate Responsibility Executive, Hilton

Rili Djohani
Executive Director, Coral Triangle Center

Upali Rathnayake
Director General, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

Willem Niemeijer
CEO, YAANA Ventures

Dr. Pakkanut Bansiddhi
Elephant Research and Education Center, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University

Jaranya Daengnoy
Director, Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute (CBT-I)

Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach
Global Wildlife and Veterinary Advisor, World Animal Protection

John Roberts
Director of Conservation, Minor Hotel Group

Dr. Mihee Kang
Regional Director – Asia Pacific, GSTC


Koko Tang
CEO, Yunnan Vinetree Tourism Development Co., Ltd.

Dr. AA Yaptinchay 
Director, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines

Marisa Sukosol
Executive Vice President, Sukosol Hotels Thailand; Chair of Thailand Hotel Association Environment Committee

Jose T. Ramapuram
Executive Director, Evolve Back Resorts

Yu-Chuan Chen
Deputy Director, Taiwan Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area

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Martin Lee
Managing Director, Control Union Korea

Ayako Ezaki
Training Director, GSTC


Jeffery Smith
Vice President – Sustainability, Six Senses

Hideto Kijima
President, Japan Accessible Tourism Center

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Panot Pakongsup
Asia Field Manager, Planeterra Foundation (G Adventures)

Randy Durband

Nithi (Nutty) Subhongsang
Co-founder, Nutty Adventures

Daniel Rye
Senior Manager – BD, Canopy Power

GSTC Trainer CB Ramkumar

CB Ramkumar
Board Member & India Country Representative, GSTC; Founder, Green Dreams for the Planet & Our Native Village

Roi Ariel
General Manager, GSTC

Dr. Panate Manomaivibool
Head of Circular Economy for Waste-free Thailand (CEWT) Research Group, Mae Fah Luang University

Mike Stewart
General Manager Thailand, PEAK DMC

Dr. Lewis Cheung

Dr. Lewis Cheung Ting On
Associate Professor, Department of Socia Sciences, The Education University of Hong Kong

 Catherine Germier-Hamel 
Founder & CEO, Millennium Destinations

  Gabriela Kühn
Head of Program – Against Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism (SECTT), ECPAT International

 Flt Lt Dr Atchariya Pangma 
Secretary General, Thailand National Institute for Emergency Medicine (NIEM)

 Neeracha Wongmasa
President, Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA)

 Dr. Jaturong Pokharatsiri
Professor of Architecture, Thammasat University; Vice-President of ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee

Bo Han
Chairman, China Adventure Association

Dr. Chatchote Thitaram
Director, Center of Excellence in Elephant Research and Education (EREC), Chiang Mai University

Neha Arora
Founder, Planet Abled

Xiaoti Ma
International Cooperation Director, China Standard Conformity Assessment (CSCA)

Marvin Ng
Area Manager – Certification, Bureau Veritas Certification Hong Kong

Nia Klatte

Nia Klatte
Sustainability Coordinator, Exo Travel


ChoCho Mar
Head of Hospitality Training, Vocational Skills Development Program (VSDP), Swisscontact Myanmar

Duong Bich Hanh
Chief of Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok




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